Life Skills Team Director
Ms. Mary Navarro joined Desert Garden in 2016 as an Upper Elementary Co-Lead Teacher, and she is now the school-wide Life Skills Team Director. Mary spent 7 years in the classroom, and she has a love for extraordinary learners. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies from Arizona State University, Arizona Elementary Teacher Credential, as well as two Montessori Certifications—Lower Elementary Certification from South Mountain Teacher Preparation Program and Lower and Upper Elementary Certification from Houston Montessori Center. She received her International Baccalaureate Training in Mathematics and is currently taking Special Education Training to obtain her Special Education Certification through the State of Arizona. Ms. Mary is an Arizona native and lives in Chandler with her wonderful husband, Robert, and their four children - Josh, Lincoln, Estellamarie “Lulu”, and Cruz. She loves cooking, drinking lots of coffee, pretending to be athletic while walking 5k races and spending time with family and friends. Her responsibilities as Life Skills Team Director include: observing and coordinating assessment of children, helping parents access and navigate the services their child needs, leading parent education classes and teacher training and maintaining student records.